Aces and Leopards equally frail

THE historical records cannot help predict the winner between Mpumalanga Black Aces and Black Leopards, because Leopards are bad travellers, while Aces are not good at home.

THE historical records cannot help predict the winner between Mpumalanga Black Aces and Black Leopards, because Leopards are bad travellers, while Aces are not good at home.

The sides meet today in the second leg of the final of the national playoffs at Ackerville Stadium in Witbank, after Leopards won the first leg 2-1. Kickoff is at 3pm.

Leopards confirmed their poor travelling record during their two away playoffs against Vasco da Gama and African Warriors, where they succumbed to pressure from the hosts. Aces, on the other hand, failed to use their home advantage when they were held to a 2-all draw by Nathi Lions in the first leg of the semifinals in Witbank last month.

This means both sides will enter into today's clash on an equal footing.

Lidoda Duvha spokesperson Fulufhelo Thidiela said: "We go there only for a win because the current 2-1 lead is not strong enough to get us to the Premiership. A 1-0 defeat can sink us based on the away-goal rule. We will try to score an early goal to unsettle our opponents and also avoid conceding during the opening minutes.

"We promise our supporters, the people of Limpopo and Premier Cassel Mathale that we will win to ensure that Peter Mokaba Stadium does not become a white elephant."

His counterpart at Aces, Thabo Moroape, said they would find a way to overcome Leopards: "Our boys will have to take it from where they left off during the second half of the first leg on Saturday. We did not play well at home in the playoffs, even when we were promoted we played to a goalless draw with Thanda Royal Zulu in the first leg at home and beat them 3-0 away."

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